Earlier this month, the Central Arkansas Library System announced plans to create an annual music festival featuring Arkansas music and Arkansas artists. The tentative launch for the festival, which would last a couple of days, would be in the fall of 2012.
This would be a project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. CALS has started advertising for someone to be the coordinator. The intention is that the music festival would eventually be self-sufficient, though CALS would make a loan for start-up money.
CALS Executive Director Bobby Roberts told Arkansas Business, “If I were going to pick some area where Arkansas has excelled it is in music,” Roberts said. “It’s just a great heritage.” He cited musicians and composers such as Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty and William Grant Still. “I’d like to see us do all kinds of music,” Roberts said, from classical to country to rock to gospel.
As this develops, the LR Culture Vulture will be sure to follow this exciting news.